Posts Tagged ‘spinach’

We Are What We Eat: Potassium, the Real Special K

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Today, in the second in a series  of posts examining the building blocks of our bodies, we are getting know Potassium, one of the vital elements that we need on a daily basis for metabolic function, for basic health and well-being. When it comes to potassium, most budding chemist know that its atomic number is 19 and its symbol is K, and athletes know that this important element somehow keeps them from cramping during extended periods of exercise; jocks know that bananas are a good source of it, and Gatorade and other sports drink makers add it to their sugary concoctions to give them that extra edge. When we perspire, and when athletes sweat heavily, we lose mostly water-which is why it is important to keep hydrated-and sodium and chloride. (By the way, if your sweat is really salty, if you get caked in white powder once it dries, you are ingesting too much sodium; not a good thing).

We also lose other electrolytes like potassium, magnesium and calcium, needed to maintain fluid balance, regulate the pH in our blood and assist in normal muscular function. Continue »



The Leafy Greens Cookbook

The Leafy Greens Cookbook, a new cookbook by Kathryn Anible features one hundred easy to make recipes that unlock the delicious flavours of kale, chard, spinach, bok choy and more.

 

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Leafy greens are a powerhouse of nutrition, fat and cholesterol free and full of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. If you are leery of munching on a plate of unappetizing green things, but want the benefits of these superfoods, this is the book for you. With delicious and inventive recipes like Swiss Chard Breakfast Burritos, Pizza with Arugula and Tomato or Stir-fried Bok Choy with Beef, this handy little cookbook will prove to be a hit with anyone, especially picky eaters or dubious diners. Continue »



Cookin’ Greens Goes to Dragon’s Den

Dragon’s Den is one of the CBC’s top rated shows, it features budding entrepreneurs pitching their products and ideas to a panel of multi-millionaires, hoping for a little investment from some of Canada’s financial titans.

The show is strangely addictive, and there are some great ideas out there that only need a little financial backing to become household names. And on Sunday, March 24 at 8 pm you can tune in to watch Toby Davidson, president of Cookin’ Greens throw herself into the Dragons’ Den. Continue »



Thinking About Dinner?

Rodin's The Thinker sculpture in the vegetable garden

Hmm, sauteed spinach with a side of kale?

French sculptor Rodin, like his countrymen, most likely loved his food fresh from the garden. This little copy of Rodin’s The Thinker is plunked down in a vegetable garden, at a house with an almost completely edible front yard garden. This new growing trend takes edibles out of the back yard and puts them out front for all to see. And when edible plants are as pretty as these leafy greens, why not? At this sustainably built house, grape vines are trained up a porch, artichokes grow next to roses, berry bushes and strawberries scramble over the edging. The Thinker ponders while spinach, kale and potatoes grow all around him. It’s a little easier to imagine what’s for dinner when dinner is growing three feet away.



Community Calendar – August 2011

This month is all about wild blueberries and greens, like kale, spinach and chard. Check out these two cool events you don’t want to miss out on. Continue »